MEET THE BOARD
Erin Wheeler, MPH :: President
Erin Wheeler is the Practice Director for the Digestive Health & Breathing Institute for Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO). Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the country focused on patient care, research, education and advocacy. In her leadership role, she is accountable for business development/growth, operational excellence, service and strategic planning for her two service lines. She partners closely with CU Medicine/Department of Pediatrics on delivery of care models advancing the practice of pediatric medicine. Prior to joining CHCO, she was the Sr. Director of Population Health Services for FullWell. FullWell was a collaborative, physician centered organization focused on bringing tools, resources, and competencies to the Colorado Health Neighborhood network (CHN) – 4,500 providers in both employed and independent practice models across Colorado. Our goal was to help providers in population health strategies and activities to be successful in value based care Medicare payment models. Erin spent 2 years as a Practice Operations leader for both primary and specialty practices at SCL Health. Erin started her healthcare career with Kaiser Permanente where she spent 15 years in various leadership positions including Medicaid line of business management, Utilization Management/Quality, and had regional medical office operations accountability. She earned her Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from University of Colorado.
Erin is a proud Colorado native and takes advantage of many of the outdoor activities available in Colorado including skiing, biking, golfing, and hiking. Erin believes it’s a privilege to serve on a Board that is focused on helping patients in their most vulnerable time and need and that we can make a positive impact on this important population.
Director of Population Health Services, FullWell
Brian Chase CPA/PFS, CBA :: Treasurer
Brian Chase has worked in the financial services industry for more than twenty-five years and is an accomplished leader. His practice focuses on working with professional service based businesses and their owners, as well as high net worth individuals. Brian began working with a small CPA practice of four individuals, became partner, bought out his partner, built the practice, and eventually merged it into JDS Professional Group where he heads up the tax/consulting and valuation areas of the practice. JDS is a practice of approximately forty employees and is run by Brian and his two partners.
Over the years Brian has worked with numerous medical practices in the capacity of advisor, CFO, and consultant. His strengths are his ability to see the whole picture and advise his clients in the most efficient ways to build and maintain wealth.
When not working, you will generally find Brian outdoors! He is an avid mountain biker, mountain climber, hiker (has summited all of Colorado’s 14 thousand foot peaks), and soccer enthusiast. Brian has played and coached soccer his entire life and is in his 7th year of coaching his daughter’s soccer team. Brian also delights in traveling throughout the world.
Partner, JDS Professional Group, Wealth Advisor, Noven Financial Group
Andrea LeClaire, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CEDRN :: Secretary
Dr. Andrea LeClaire has been a nurse for 35 years focusing on education and administration. She initially received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Colorado State University. She also has a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Master’s in Health Administration, both from the University of Colorado. Recently, Dr. LeClaire graduated with a Ph.D. in Nursing Health Care Systems from the University of Colorado College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Center, Aurora, Colorado.
Dr. LeClaire began her nursing career in pediatric orthopedics and moved up the administrative ladder becoming the Nursing Director of Ambulatory Orthopedics, Rehabilitation, and Urology for approximately 12 years at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO). After orthopedics, she has worked in management in psychiatry and behavioral sciences with children, adolescents, and adults for seventeen years (At CHCO and Eating Recovery Center). In addition, Dr. LeClaire has had other roles, including teaching at University of Colorado College of Nursing as Adjunct Faculty. Dr. LeClaire has taught at the Denver College of Nursing for the last two years as Clinical Faculty and is currently the Pre-licensure Programs Director. This new role has allowed her to have oversight of didactic programs and skills labs to enhance the delivery of excellence in nursing programs for future nurses.
During her career, Dr. LeClaire also used her skills to fund-raise over half a million dollars in medical supplies for the interprofessional international medical mission “Nadiya.” She directly participated in two of these medical missions to Ukraine in 1993 and 1998. Dr. LeClaire is married, has four adult children, and her daughter is a childhood cancer survivor. It is important to her to “pay it forward” and help patients through the Rocky Mountain Blood Cancer Association Fund.
Current Position: Pre-licensure Programs Director, Denver College of Nursing
Kaitlin Hornbostel, RDN, CNSC :: Co-Founder, Marketing Chair
Kaitlin worked for many years as a dietitian and nutrition support practitioner with hematology and stem-cell transplant patients. In this time, Kaitlin realized the financial hardships often facing this patient population. From limited grants and outside funding options to many of the challenges this population faces such as housing bills and food security; Kaitlin and Lisa began the conversation about starting a non-profit to help alleviate the financial hardship of patients facing these challenges.
Kaitlin has a previous career in advertising prior to entering the field of dietetics. She continues to work as a dietitian in the Colorado and Wyoming communities as she serves as Marketing Chair for RMBCAF.
Lisa Dowd :: Co-Founder, Fundraising Chair
Lisa's education focused on Early Childhood Education and Psychology, allowing Lisa to be the director and teach kindergarten for a large childcare center for over 300 children and 25 staff. In 2004, Lisa's path took a turn after 20 years in early childhood education and eventually led her to CBCI in 2008. Lisa was part of the CBCI financial team for 8 years and worked closely with the pysch-soclal team. In 2016, Lisa was created unique position within CBCI that hones her knowledge of insurance, financial assistance, grant pursuit and fundraising. Since 2016, Lisa co-founded the nonprofit 501(c)3 - Rocky Mountain Blood Cancer Assistance Fund and has taken on the role of fundraising chair, heading the RMBCAF annual gold tournament and various fundraisers.
Lisa's passion in life lies in her family and service of others. She feels lucky that all three of her daughters, all adults, and my husband who was my high school sweetheart have walked beside her as the Dowd family has given their time and talents to many organizations and service of others. Lisa's immediate and work families, are her biggest support and inspiration.
Blair McKown, RN
Blair McKown is a Hematology Nurse Coordinator for the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI). CBCI is the leading bone marrow/stem cell transplant program in Colorado and provides care for patients with blood cancers. CBCI has performed over 4,500 transplants and sees patients all over the Rocky Mountain region. Blair completed a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Mississippi State University and Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Belmont University where she graduated with honors. Blair has been specializing in blood cancers and bone marrow transplants since 2012. She has worked at Vanderbilt University, Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, and The James Comprehensive Cancer Center before coming to Colorado Blood Cancer Institute.
Blair has lived in Denver for 5 years and loves the Colorado outdoor lifestyle. She is often hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or skiing in the mountains.
Devin Nelson, Physician Assistant
Devin is an inpatient physician assistant for the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI). CBCI is the leading bone marrow stem cell transplant program in Colorado and provides care for patients with blood cancers. CBCI is part of the research consortium of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute which provides patients access to innovative clinical trials. Before joining CBCI, Devin completed a postgraduate residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and later worked as a physician assistant in the hematologic malignancy department at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Devin earned her Masters in Medical Science from Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ and a Bachelor's of Science in Biomedical Science from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.
Devin has now lived in Denver for over 2 years, and feels lucky to lead an adventurous, outdoorsy Colorado lifestyle. Throughout her career as a healthcare provider, she has experienced first-hand the stressors and hardships placed upon our patients. Many times, the financial burden of medical care can be one of the most daunting obstacles for our patients. It is an honor to serve on the Rocky Mountain Blood Cancer Assistance Fund and offer aid to those in need.
Inpatient Physician Assistant, Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI)